MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Saturday evening match between the Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls. Is Roy Miller the best left back in MLS? Do the Red Bulls have an answer for the overlapping Columbus fullbacks? Find out Saturday at 730 p.m. ET on MLS Live.
RIDING A TWO-MATCH UNBEATEN STREAK ...
The Crew enters Saturday’s match with a two-match unbeaten streak following a pair of 1-1 draws the last two weekends ... after scoring a first-half goal in San Jose before finishing 1-1 on April 13, the Crew earned a point with a 90th-minute goal in the 1-1 result against D.C. United at home on April 19.
... AND LOOKING FOR SECOND TRIO OF UNBEATEN TILTS IN 2014
Should the Crew extend its unbeaten streak to three matches, it would mark the second time in 2014 that the team has been able to do so entering its seventh match on Saturday ... previously, the club opened the campaign with a historic 3-0-0 start with road wins at D.C. (March 8) and Seattle (March 29) book-ending a home-opener win against Philadelphia on March 22.
COMING OFF OF BACK-TO-BACK DRAWS
Last season, the Crew played to a pair of back-to-back draws throughout the year and struggled in the following match -- something the Black & Gold had not done in previous years ... in 2013, the Crew was 0-2-0 in the next match following consecutive draws but was 1-0-0 in 2012, 1-0-0 in 2011 and 2-1-1 in 2009 in games following a pair of deadlocked tilts.
BUILDING OFF A HOME DRAW
After a 1-1 result at Crew Stadium against D.C. last weekend, the Crew looks to build off of a point in its next home match ... in 2013, the Crew went 1-1-1 following a home draw, securing points in two of the next three matches that immediately followed three individual Crew Stadium draws.
On World Malaria Day, Crew forward Dominic Oduro will join the battle to beat malaria as part of the Online Soccer Academy World Juggle-A-Thon.
Soccer players of all ages are invited to join Oduro by juggling at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Players can juggle on their own or with their teammates, friends and families. Prior to April 25, jugglers can challenge themselves and others by raising much needed funds that allow Nothing But Nets to send assist families in need. Every $10.00 raised will help protect families in Africa from malaria.
Learn more about the OSA Juggle-a-Thon.
Matt Lampson invited 4-year-old ALL survivor Marley Phillips and her family to Crew Stadium Saturday night for the team’s matchup with D.C. United.
After enjoying an exciting finish from the sidelines, Matt met with the family to offer words of encouragement and advice to Marley.
Looking to continue the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will be working with LLS to invite a child and their family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes on 95.5 The Game every Wednesday for Sika the Truth.
Thanks to Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez's late-game heroics to rescue a point at home for the 10-man Crew against D.C. United over the weekend, the Black & Gold stood firm in this week's Power Rankings. The Crew slipped slightly on MLSsoccer.com and Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol lists, while moving up one spot in ESPNFC's rankings. See the full rankings below.
MLSsoccer.com: 6 (5)
ESPNFC: 5 (6)
Forward Aaron Schoenfeld drew -- and converted -- a first-half penalty kick to help Dayton Dutch Lions FC to a 1-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg on Saturday. Fellow loanee Kevan George played the entire 90 minutes, while Ryan Finley came on as a second-half substitute.
The Dutch Lions are 2-1-1 on the season and third on the USL-PRO table after four matches.